Weekly Workout Review 5/26- 6/1

Whew!  It was a hot and steamy weekend out here.  I did get to enjoy my first pool day though – so not all was lost.  Sunday I got to take a trip to Target ALONE!  I hadn’t intended to go alone, but the kiddo didn’t want to come along.  It was so nice and luxurious.

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Yes – the Frappacino rides front and center.

I got in a great week of workouts – both running and at home.  So lets see what I was up to last week.

Tuesday – Bob Harper Pure Burn Pure Strength – I went for the full hour workout and it did not disappoint.  I definitely felt it in my arms and I’ve decided that after Saturday’s race, I’m going to move up to heavier weights on the leg exercises.

Wednesday – Rest, Plank Challenge D1.  I mentioned my plank challenge in Friday’s post, Wednesday was the Day 1 Baseline Plank – 1:33.

Thursday – Hill Repeats. 2 mile warm up, .1 hill sprints x3 (with walk back down), .5 mile jog back home. Total 3.1 miles (this is a total guesstimation as I stopped my Garmin multiple times – I created the route on Map My Run and this is what it worked out to)  The next time I do this, I’m going to use the lap feature on my Garmin to track it better.  This workout was in the early AM and it was 97% humidity.  Summer is alive and well here in Maryland.  I should have also completed Day 2 of my plank challenge, but with my late evening I moved it over to Friday and used this as my Plank rest day.

Friday – Plank Challenge D2, PT Exercises

Saturday – Plank Challenge D4, Yoga for the Warrior

Sunday – 8 miles @ NCR Trail.  Friday night I was debating on whether or not do to this Saturday or Sunday.  Both days were supposed to be hot and sticky but at about 9PM on Friday, I made the call to put it off until Sunday.  Great decision as the temperature was a little lower and so was the humidity (though not by much.)  I ended up starting the run at 6:30 in order to avoid the sun.  I actually felt cool breezes along the trail.  Plank Challenge D5.

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This picture was taken halfway through and doesn’t fully show the sweatfest that the run became.

Monday – Rest!  Charlotte got up while I was putting my makeup on this morning (she usually wakes up MUCH earlier).  The first thing she asked me was, “Are you doing yoga, Mommy?”  I told her not today.  Then she asked “Wanna do yoga with me?”.  I love that girl.

Total Miles – 11.1

So what’s in store this week?  Brian went out of town early this morning, so I’ll be doing some early AM workouts in my living room today and Wednesday.  He doesn’t get home until really late on Wednesday – so I’m not certain that I will be able to get another run in until Thursday.  Although I have a little plan for National Running Day on Wednesday.  Lack of running is okay this week, I’ve got the 10 Miler on Saturday and I want to be rested.  My main focus this week is just to stay hydrated and eat well and pray for nice weather.  I’m not so sure about the shade situation on this route, so I am a little worried about the sun and humidity.  Although right now the weather says it’s going to rain.  Timewise, I want to finish under 2:10 (close to 2:05 actually).  I’d love to say 2 hours, but I think that is a bit too aggressive given the hills on the course.

Have you ever raced in the rain?  How did you manage?  What are your plans for National Running Day?

 

 

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Tales from Another Mother Runner Book Party

So I mentioned last week that I was able to attend the Mother Runner book party at Fleet Feet Gaithersburg.  The Another Mother Runner book series and community is really close to my heart because I found it early on my running journey.  Before I had running friends and when I was still in the throes of couch to 5K I found this book and website that pulled me into the running community without making me feel that I wasn’t really a runner.  It wasn’t pretentious and it was really meant for someone like me.  A mother who was starting to run.

I subsequently bought Train Like a Mother and started listening to Dimity McDowell’s & Sarah Bowen Shea’s  podcasts.  Each podcast was like listening in on a couple of girlfriends talking, not elite runners getting all technical about running.  I felt like I knew them or that I could know them.  I could totally be their friend!  I listened to what they had to say – how to come back from injury, tips for running in the heat, the cold, what to wear, etc.  They were my first BRFs, and I’ll even call them the running sisters I never had.

So needless to say, when their third book was coming out and they were going to tour, I had to go.

Dimity McDowell was coming to Maryland, but she was going to be down in Gaithersburg.  I arrived to the event early.  A byproduct of making sure I avoided traffic from Baltimore to Montgomery County.  Dimity came out to greet the few of us that were there and she came right up to me and a few other ladies and immediately gave us hugs.  She said to me “You look like a hugger!”   She asked us about our running, where we were at and chatted with us about how hot and humid it was out and asked us how we ran in it.  She moved on to some other ladies and I mingled.

Eventually the “party” got started.  Everyone took a seat on the floor and  Dimity read a few excerpts from her book.

Then she did some raffles.  The items raffled off included 3 Saucony gift cards, a box of Gu, a Nuun gift pack, a Soleus watch, a Balega sock gift pack, and a pair of Smith Optics sunglasses, some Ultimate Direction products, a Hyland’s gift pack, and I’m certain there were a few other things.  I was the lucky winner of the Balega sock gift pack.  I wore them on my 8 mile run this weekend and I am sold!

A pair of socks, a running hat, and a reflective arm band.

After the reading she signed books and took pictures.  It totally looks like we were having a moment in the first pic, but I think we were discussing how hot and sweaty we were.  (That store was hot!)

I collected my goody bag and headed home.  It was a really fun event and I hope they come back again soon.  When I got home, I put a pic up on Instagram and tagged @themotherrunner to let them know what a great event they had and how great it was for me to meet them.  They reposted a thank you to me and started following me…I can die now!  Ha Ha.  Their goody bag was no joke either – take a look at all it included:

 

During the event, when I looked around, I noticed that there were women there of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  We were all brought together in that room not only by our love of the Mother Runner books but also by our love of running.  Dimity and Sarah have created a community where beginners feel at ease with “real runners” and we all share the common bond of making time for ourselves and motherhood.   Wherever I am, I am part of a larger running community that will welcome me with open arms.  We are mother runners. I am a mother runner.

          

 

Have you read the Mother Runner books?  Was there a person, group, or book  (or anything really) who helped you along the way when you first started running?  What is your preferred brand of sock?

Friday Five – Blogs to Love!!

Happy Friday!  T-minus 9 days until the Frederick Half Marathon (not that I’m counting).  Let the weather stalking commence!!!  Right now I’m seeing mostly sunny with a low of 50 and a high of 74.  Perfect!!!  I’ve got a 5 miler on tap this weekend that I’ll be doing in my neighborhood so it looks like all my hilly runs have been done during the taper, super!  Thanks winter from hell!  I’ve been looking at my training over the past 3 months and I’ve got some goals for the race that I’ll share in next week’s final weekly recap.

So this weeks theme is Blogs to Love!!!  Everything has been about the love lately and I’m lovin’ it.  Aside from our lovely hosts’ blogs, Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia, here are a few more that I love to check out regularly.  In no particular order.

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Run Salt Run – She is my running hero.  Ms. Salt, whom I’m blessed to know in person, is just all around awesome sauce.  She’s a great athlete, a great mom, and a beautiful person.  Her blog is fun to read and what you read is what you get with her.  She encouraged me to start this blog, and I’m so glad I did!  Please go wish her luck, she’s running her second marathon in New Jersey this weekend!

The Country Cook – Totally not running or health related, but this site is chock full of easy family friendly recipes.  My favorite sections are the crock pot section and the dessert section.  I’ve made the Beef Dip Sandwiches, Taco Soup, Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, and the Party Meatballs.  I’ve also made a few of the poke cakes to take to family gatherings.  Those are always a hit.

Running Out of Wine – Lisa is another one of my running heroes and she’s a local Baltimore runner.  When I first started running I was always trying to find race recaps and that’s how I discovered her blog.  I also love her Food Prep posts – I’m usually finding a recipe or some idea to steal.

Gettin’ My Healthy On – I found Katie’s blog one day while looking for a plank challenge and I liked hers.  After digging around on her site a bit, she’s got a lot of workouts and recipes on there.  So this week, not only did I get some fitness inspiration, I also found a recipe for Mexican Casserole that I want to try.  Her posts are really useful, some recent ones have been on taking care of your feet and she did a review of the Shoe Dog Analysis at Road Runner Sports.  There is a Road Runner in my area, although not entirely convenient, but her post made me want to go there.  Like yesterday.

Another Mother Runner – Not really a blog, but is the hub of all things Mother Runner.  I believe the website was all started after Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell came out with their first book a few years ago, Run Like a Mother.  I got that book last year when I started running.  It was full of their stories and stories of other women of all ages and all stages of life.  How they got started running, race experiences, etc.  I devoured it and went on to purchase their second book, Train Like a Mother, and their third book came out last month, Tales from Another Mother Runner.   They have really built a great community for female runners (mothers or not) and the site was a great resource when I got started running and it still is today.

 

Thanks again for the lovely link up Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia!

Friday Five

 

So what are your favorite blogs?  Aside from health and fitness, are their any other blogs you like to follow (food, fashion, etc)?

 

 

Race Recap – Sole of the City 10K

This was my first time running Sole of the City and the race did not disappoint.  Charm City Run events never do.  Sole of the City was the 2nd leg of the B3 Challenge.  The first was the Shamrock 5K last month the last will be the Charles Street 12 in September.  The premium they give out is just awesome.  This year it was an Under Armour all weather hoodie.  It’s lightweight and the color is divine – it’s a pretty shade of blue/green with the Sole of the City logo on the back and the Charm City Run logo on the front.

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This race was especially fun because my cousin Michelle was running it too and it was her first race ever!  She just started running in January and is doing awesome.

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A before race snapshot.

The day before, I was at the conference I had organized so I spent most of the day on my feet.  My dogs were so tired!  Plus my knee was twinging!  I was actually really nervous to run.  Friday night I took an Epsom salt bath and taped my knee as a precautionary measure.  I didn’t want to take any chances.  I feel asleep at about 8:30 Friday night.

The race day weather was predicted to be beautiful and HOT.  Not 90 degrees hot, but in the 70s.  The last time I ran in the 70s?  Probably last August…I’m not lying (or at least it felt that way).  The race was starting at 9AM so it’s a little later than your typical race so I knew it was going to be a warm one.  I had to dig around in my closet to find some sunscreen and made the realization that I don’t have any good sports face sunscreen.  (Got some on Sunday – summer running season I’m coming for you!)

We met up at around 7 to head downtown.  I’m a big fan of getting to races early.  I’d rather get some parking and have time to go to the bathroom and sit and relax a bit than be stressed about parking and having time to pee.  With downtown races, parking can be so questionable.  You just don’t know.  We got a parking space in the lot right behind the start / finish area and we even had time to do a little shopping at Charm City Run.  Our race bibs conveniently had a coupon on the back.  I bought a new Under Armour tank that I may debut at Frederick (it will be tested first though, don’t worry.)

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At about 8:45 we made our way to the start line and this was the crowd behind us.  We even got a chance to meet the Green Turtle!

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We stood around waiting for the official start chatting, then it was go time.  Michelle has been doing really well pacewise so I told her to just run her race and we’d meet up at the end.  I was really afraid of starting to fast so I kept it steady.  The first mile or so was flat with some downhills.  Most of the race was flat up until the last mile or so.  There were two water stops, one just after mile 2 that I couldn’t wait for.  Then the next one was right after mile 4 – which I don’t think they were prepared.  When I got there, the cups were scarce and they were pouring water out of the jugs into the coolers, but not fast enough.  People were just grabbing cups and dipping into the water (kinda gross, but it was hot!).  Michelle said that she’s pretty sure she grabbed a used cup to drink from.

I had thought about bringing my handheld bottle with me then decided against it, thinking that the water stops would be enough.  I regret that decision only because it was so hot.  It would have been nice to be able to take a sip when I needed it on such a hot day.  I’m thinking that in future 10Ks, my handheld will be going with me.

The last mile was all uphill pretty much, I ended up walking more than I wanted.  Frankly in the 5th and 6th miles I fell off the rails a bit.  So I didn’t PR, but it wasn’t my worst 10K, but I got in my own way a bit.  Which is something I’m working on.

When I crossed the finish line, I got my water and got into the food line.  Got my goodies then went to meet up with Michelle outside of World of Beer.  A beer sounded realllllly good about then so we went and sat down and enjoyed a Summer Shandy (or two) and I ordered my giant pretzel.

Charm City Run events are always a blast and so well organized.  I’m definitely keeping this race on my list for next year.

 

What’s your post race food of choice?  Are there any races that you repeat year after year?

 

 

Frederick Half Marathon – Week 11

Happy Monday!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve gotten my weekly recap up on a Monday.  I hope you all were able to enjoy some spring weather this weekend – it was GORGEOUS here in Baltimore.  Aside from running a HOT Sole of the City 10K on Saturday, I spent Sunday morning at Target watching the crazies stockpile Lilly Pulitzer and later took Charlotte to the zoo.

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Really quick on the Lilly Pulitzer thing, because I’ve seen articles about how crazy it was across the country.  I had my eye on one dress for me and maybe something for Charlotte.  No big loss if I didn’t get it, so I strolled over to my local Target at about 7:45 and the line was wrapped around the store.  By the time I got in, the section was decimated.  I was a bit bitter there were women with carts full of clothes; trying them on behind another dress rack and there was a crowd gathered by the dressing room waiting for cast offs.  It was really crazy – I’ve really never seen such a thing.  After I passed the women’s section I headed to the toddler section and while it wasn’t wiped out, it had a crowd, so I just started grabbing.  I ended up getting Charlotte two super cute summer dresses.  I didn’t need any of it for me, but I was surprised that people would just snatch up an entire rack of clothes without any regard for those who weren’t first in line.  The worst? On eBay right now, there are over 20,000 items from the Lilly for Target line.  A shift dress that would have been $40 at Target is listed at $100.  All I can do is shake my head and hope that if someone out there wants a Lilly dress that bad, they’ll put their $100 towards a real one.

Now on to something of more substance.  I can’t believe I’m in week 11 of training – the race is in two weeks!  Last week was a fun week of runs and workouts.

Monday – PT Exercises

Tuesday – 3 Progressive Miles on the Treadmill

Wednesday – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2 in AM, 2.75 miles with my MMRT Group.  Salt posted an awesome pic here.

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – Rest Day (although it was anything but)

Saturday – Sole of the City 10K – didn’t PR, but hadn’t run in heat like that since last summer.  Will post a recap later this week.  (My Garmin actually read that I ran 6.37 miles)

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Yes that pretzel is bigger than my face and I ate the whole thing. #notashamed

 

Total Miles – 12.12

 

So on tap for the week, some easy cross training, some easy runs, and my last “long” run of 5 miles on Saturday.  I can’t believe I’m about to do it again.  I’ve got to start working on my playlist!

And good luck to all of you running Boston today!  There are several bloggers I read out there running – I’m not sure how I’m going to follow along since I’ll be at work, but I’ll be thinking of you!

How was your weekend?  Did you brave Target for Lilly Pulitzer?  Is there anything you would wait in line for (besides a starting line)?

 

 

Frederick Half Marathon Training Week 9

This is going to be a short post.  As I mentioned Friday, I had been sick all week.  So not much in the way of running or any other physical activity had taken place.

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This weekend was busy too.  Besides the holiday festivities almost all weekend, I had to pack for another work trip.  I left this morning (Monday) at 7:30, which meant getting to the airport at 5:30, which meant waking up by 4 in order to get ready and on the road.  I didn’t think it would be so bad, but I’m not taking that early of a flight again.

So needless to say, I’m a wee bit tired as I type this.  Thankfully it’s a short post.

Last week’s workouts:

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – Sick

Wednesday – Sick

Thursday – Sick

Friday – 3 Miles!!!  I wrote about this in detail last Friday, but it sure did feel good.

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 13 Miles – This was not a pretty run.  The first three miles were a struggle.  It didn’t help that I had to pee about a quarter mile in.  I ran back to the porta potty and someone had pooped all over the seat.  Like all over.

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C’mon!  Not fair!  I had to go, so I held my breath and squatted.  The next 7 miles weren’t too bad.  I kept telling myself I could stop at 10 or 11 if I wasn’t feeling it.  I was getting ready to pass my car at mile 9.5 and took a short break.  It was at this point that I should have refilled my water bottle before moving on, but I didn’t and that made those last 3.5 miles total crap.  Or at least that’s what I blame it on.  I tried to keep the walking even with the running…I’m not sure I was successful.  BUT – I finished 13 miles!!!!  I saved the extra .1 for race day.

Total Miles – 16

While the week did not go as planned and neither did the run, I did finish 13 and now it’s time to taper.  I made it!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I leave you with this:

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Did you get outside and enjoy the weather this past weekend?  How did you celebrate your holidays?

 

Friday Five – It’s a Good Thing

So after Monday’s training post about how awesome training was going, the shoe that I had been waiting for dropped.  I think the saying is actually waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I digress.  That cold/ allergies / not sure what it was hit me like a truck on Monday.  I went to the Target clinic after work and told it was just a cold, but my ears looked infected so thankfully I was given an antibiotic.  I was coughing and hacking all through the night.   Tuesday morning I woke up with my left eye covered in goo (not Gu unfortunately.)  Pink eye. I’m 35 years old, why am I getting pink eye?   Oh yeah, I have a preschooler in the house.  Charlotte had pink eye two weeks prior and she had some eye drops left over so took those, took my other meds, and snuggled in bed all day and watched the entire season of Girls.  Sorry Target clinic, but this was more than a cold, if you hadn’t given me antibiotics, I’d probably still be dying today.

Since I feel like I’ve finally kicked this sickness in the bootay, I’m linking up for the Friday Five!  Since it’s Good Friday and all, the theme is GOOD THINGS!  I like this – especially after the week I’ve had.  Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia, couldn’t have planned a better theme.

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Needless to say, I haven’t been working out or running all week.   The week I’m supposed to run 13 miles I’m stricken with illness.  <shakes fist in the air>.  My cough did subside enough that I felt I could get up and run a little this morning, so I did.  I was going to go to the gym, because that’s what I’ve been doing every weekday morning since December.  So imagine my surprise when I go outside and it’s 60 freakin’ 4 degrees outside at 5 AM  (Good thing #1).   I ran upstairs and grabbed my Garmin and went to town.  And it hurt.

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Hello old friend…

I have been doing my long runs on the flatish trail, so my hilly neighborhood was a shock.  You know what else was a shock?  Running in warm weather.  Those out door trail runs were all in temps in the thirties or below.  I ended up taking my handheld water bottle just in case.  Despite not having run these hills in a while and the multitude of walk breaks it wasn’t a terrible run.

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Good Thing #2 – Spring Break has started in area schools so that means…no traffic today!!  Woo Hoo!

Good Thing #3 – Last week JessRunsHappy posted on her blog about Lia Sophia going out of business.  I went on their site and they had so many cute things at such great prices that I couldnt resist!  I updated my jewelry wardrobe a bit and it all came in the mail on Wednesday.

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Went a little outside my comfort zone with this one, but it’s really cute and springy!

Good Thing #4 – Girls – I love that show, and the best part of this season (spoiler alert) Hannah didn’t end up with Adam at the end.

Good Thing #5 – Passover starts tonight.  Two nights of family dinners loaded with carbs, brisket, Matzo Ball Soup, and laughs.

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So there it is!  Five Good Things!  After this weeks’ illness I wasn’t sure I’d have it in me to come up with something good.  Maybe that’s what this morning’s run was for, to get me back on track.  Now I just have to decide if I should take it easy this weekend and go for 13 next weekend or try and go for it and see what happens.  Decisions Decisions.

Happy Easter to all of you celebrating and Happy Passover to those of you celebrating!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I think spring is here!!!!

 

What are weekend plans?  Would you go for the full 13 after having been sick all week?